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CUSTOM FRAME ASSEMBLY
ASSEMBLE YOUR CUSTOM FRAME YOURSELF AND TAKE 15% OFF!  PLUS, SAVE BIG ON YOUR SHIPPING/HANDLING CHARGES!

        That's right!  Order your custom-sized picture frame from ArtRight.com unassembled and take a 25% DISCOUNT off of the price of the frame.  Assembly is easy, and no special tools are required.  See below for assembly instructions.  

NOTE:  Due to varying specifications, not all custom frame mouldings are available unassembled.

        Also, by ordering your frame unassembled, you can reduce the size of your shipment package and save up to 75% on your shipping/handling charges!  Quite often, shipping/handling charges make up one of the largest components of the total cost of your custom picture frame.  Did you know that:

  • a typical large picture frame that costs $95.95 to ship can be shipped unassembled for only $26.95?

  • a typical medium-sized picture frame that costs $41.95 to ship can be shipped unassembled for only $12.95?

These examples of actual comparative shipping quotes illustrate how you can save big on shipping/handling charges by having your custom frame shipped to you unassembled.  In addition to these savings, you get a 15% discount off of the price of your frame by choosing to assemble it yourself.  The only drawback is that if you opt for a long flat shipping box instead of a large flat one, some large flat items that you may require for your framing project cannot be included in your shipment from ArtRight.com.  However, most of these items such as backing boards, glass and even matboards are readily obtainable in your hometown.  In many cases, the amount of money you save on shipping charges from ArtRight.com more than justifies a trip to your local art/craft supply store or glass shop.   Click here for some helpful information about obtaining these items locally.

The special "thumbnailing" referred to in this section may not be available with some wider (over 4 inches) mouldings.  In this case, you may have to take your moulding to a local frame shop for assembly. This service is often provided for a nominal charge.  Email sales@ArtRight.com for more information.

CUSTOM FRAME ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

Assembly of your custom frame from ArtRight.com is easy and requires no special tools. 
REQUIRED MATERIALS:  wood glue, hammer, flat screwdriver, newspaper/cardboard/drop-cloth and paper towels.

STEP 1:   Prepare a large flat work area on which to assemble your custom frame.  Covering this area with a dropcloth, newspaper or cardboard will help to protect your frame from nicks and scratches.  Doing so will also protect your work area from excess glue.  IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR WORK SURFACE IS A SINGLE, FLAT PLANE.

STEP 2:  Lay out all 4 pieces of your frame moulding in position on the flat work area FACE DOWN.  Apply glue to the mating surfaces of all 4 corners of the frame and to the insides of  the specially routed holes.

STEP 3:  Insert the plastic "thumbnail" wedges (provided) into each of the special holes at the corners of the frame.  They should be inserted pointed end first.  Tap them securely into place using your hammer and/or screwdriver.

STEP 4:  Using a damp paper towel, clean any excess glue from your picture frame.  Allow joints to dry overnight.

THAT'S IT!  Due to the professional mitering and pre-routing of your new frames corner joints, you can rest assured that your new custom frame is assembled perfectly.  However, if you would like to be sure, you can double check the following:

1)  Check for planarity:  Provided that  your work surface is on a single, flat plane, your frame will be planar also.  with your frame still lying flat on the work area, look across its backside.  each pair of opposite sides of the frame should appear parallel.  If they are not, you can shim up a corner or two as needed with pieces of cardboard, paper or other objects to hold the frame in planar shape as the glue dries.

2)  Check for squareness:  With your frame still laying flat on it's front, measure it's diagonals (from each outside corner to the opposite corner).  These two measurements should be identical or very close to one another.  If they are not (highly unlikely), you may be able to force the frame to be square while the joints are still wet.  This is best avoided, however, as doing so may make for unsightly joints at the frame's front.  Keep in mind that this is a very precise test of squareness and that it isn't crucial that the measurements be exactly identical.

ANY QUESTIONS?  Feel free to email sales@ArtRight.com for assistance.

Please email sales@ArtRight.com to request hardware and accessories with your frame order.  ArtRight.com has everything you need to complete your professional-quality framing project!

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